Premier David Eby has issued the following statement marking Holi:
“The arrival of Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of a new spring, a time of hope, renewal and optimism.
“The Festival of Colours will be celebrated today by Hindus in British Columbia and around the world.
“Families and friends typically gather to eat the traditional gujiya and dahi vada, to light bonfires, to sing and dance, and to paint one another with brightly coloured dyes and powders. The colouring is symbolic of everyone being equal.
“Holi is an opportunity for all of us to recognize the many contributions to the province by those of the Hindu faith. Holi reminds us of the importance of diversity, of breaking down divisions and of focusing on our strengths as a community.
“On behalf of British Columbians, I wish everyone celebrating a safe and joyous Holi. Holi Hai!”